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Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society

Discover the history behind the film and the Island that inspired the story

The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society is a much loved, award winning novel (and movie) that shares our small island’s big history.

History Behind The Story

Author Mary-Ann Shaffer fell in love with Guernsey and its fascinating history on a brief trip to the Island in 1980. The Channel Islands were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the German Armed Forces during the war and reminders of this dark era are still present to explore today


One of the most significant and fascinating periods of Guernsey’s history, the German Occupation lasted from 1940 to 1945. Learn more about the hardships the Island faced by visiting one of our Occupation museums or gripping exhibits.

Special Offers

Literary Tours

There are several guided tours designed to bring the book to life for visitors to Guernsey! Visit places described in the novel and learn more about the true stories of heroism & tragedy during the Occupation.


During WWII, the Germans covered Guernsey’s coastline in concrete fortifications making it one of the most heavily fortified place on earth. Hundreds of reinforced bunkers, gun emplacements and tunnels were constructed and can still be visited today.

What's on

14 Sep 09:30 - 13:00

The 4th Baron’s Estate

A walk around part of the 4th Baron’s Estate to Saumarez Park, focusing in on the Saumarez family; tread in his children’s footsteps over the bridge from school. Enjoy a stop at the Rink before returning to Cobo and seeing the quarries on his land.

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20 Sep 14:00 - 16:30

Vraic, Wrecks and Ruins

A coastal ramble exploring the rich history of L’eree headland, before heading along the coastal path to the Le Trepied dolmen, returning back to L’Eree through the tranquil lanes of St. Saviours. Expect tales of shipwrecks and seaweed, fairies and folklore and some Occupation anecdotes.

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24 Sep 18:30 - 20:00

A Spook-tacular Tour of St Peter Port

A spooky and fun walking tour of St Peter Port. Hear real life stories of hauntings, terrifying tales of local folklore and learn about some of the town's most gruesome historical events.

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